Posts tagged ‘surface pattern design’

Adobe Illustrator CS6: Pattern Creation Tool

Exciting news for designers: Adobe Illustrator CS6 will feature a pattern creation tool! You can see it at work in the video above. We don’t know how robust it will be, but from the sound of the rumor forums it sounds like you’ll have repeat options beyond the simple square/block repeat you see demonstrated in [...]

Lauren Hunt (My Aunt June): And Your Name Is?

It’s a My Aunt June week! Earlier this week I featured some of Lauren Hunt’s hand-screenprinted fabrics, but I also wanted to highlight one of her digital projects. Lauren has recently launched an Etsy shop called And Your Name Is?, and through it she offers custom-drawn repeat patterns featuring a name of your choice and [...]

Repeat: A Design Competition / Repeat: A Design Competition

Ellen Rushman and Madeline Roberg met each other while studying at the International Quilt Study Center and Museum in Nebraska. They became fast friends and took a road trip together to the Fall Quilt Market this past year. Inspired by the things they saw and the people they met, they formed The Printed Bolt and [...]

David Walker: Get Together, and Quilting Collection Design Trends

I’ve always been fond of David Walker’s charming kids’ collections for FreeSpirit. His newest, Get Together, features bears, pigs, squirrels, birds, and hearts. So sweet! I’m also interested in how this collection is all novelty prints (with a lot of floral action mixed in) — in this case he is playing with density and scale [...]

Interview: Michelle Fifis on The Sellable Sketch

In the last section of A Field Guide to Fabric Design I write about whether or not formal schooling in textile design is necessary to make it in the field. The short answer is no, but it’s an invaluable experience if you are able to enroll in a program. You will have the time set [...]

Forum Action January 2012

In case you missed the news, True Up now has a Fabric Design Forum to support the book and hopefully be a community hub for aspiring and working fabric designers worldwide. I’ll periodically post hot topics here so the left arm knows what the right arm is doing. Lots of pretty cool people — including [...]

Why, It’s a Forum!

The book is coming very soon! I made forum to serve as its companion, a place to go to ask questions about fabric design, to share your work, to find new resources and inspiration, and to be whatever else it morphs into. Once the book is out I plan to post downloads there, like free [...]

Interview: Violet Craft on Peacock Lane

{ the Peacock Lane collection. Photo by Red Pepper Quilts, used with permission. And see what she did with it! }   With Fall Quilt Market being only six-ish weeks away now, manufacturers are feverishly putting together samples, designers are sewing 24-7 to show off their new patterns and collections, everyone’s printing up a fresh [...]

Connecting Threads Fabric Design Contest: Voting Is Open!

The submissions to Connecting Threads’ Fabric Design Contest are closed and the voting has begun! There are a lot of amazing designs here. The entries are divided up into Characters/Animals, Floral/Botanical, Geometric/Decorative, and Novelty, so be sure to look through them all. You can vote for as many as you like. Feel free to campaign [...]